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Eyes on the Road: Road changes taking place on Ga. 347
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Puckett Road has been closed at Ga. 347/Friendship Road so its grade with the new Ga. 347 in South Hall can be evened up.

Puckett Road could reopen June 30, possibly sooner, depending on the weather, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

A signed detour is in place. The detour route will involve Puckett Road, Dunbar Road/Sardis Church Road, Thompson Mill Road and Ga. 347.

Also, motorists will notice a traffic shift to newly-built lanes on Ga. 347 from east of Hog Mountain Road/Ridge Road to Spout Springs Road.

The shift will allow crews to rebuild the original Ga. 347 lanes.

“Please slow down through the work zone and use extra caution as everyone gets used to these changes,” DOT District Engineer Brent Cook said. “We are making progress on the project.”

The $38.4 million project is set for completion by Jan. 12. The contractor is E.R. Snell Contracting Inc. of Snellville.

Traffic shift set Wednesday on Cleveland Bypass

A traffic shift is planned for Wednesday on the U.S. 129 Connector at the Cleveland Bypass, weather permitting.

Traffic on U.S. 129 Connector will be shifted slightly to the east to accommodate the new alignment of the highway with the Cleveland Bypass.

The realignment and traffic shift are part of a 2-mile, $15.1 million project that began in late August 2012.

The original completion date for the project was July 31, 2014.

The date was extended to Oct. 13 because of bad weather, with a daily fine of $1,869 assessed past that date, DOT district spokeswoman Teri Pope has said.

Then, “last fall, the contractor set a target completion date of (April 30) to open the road,” she said.

The two-mile project calls for construction of a four-lane divided highway beginning at Hope Drive and Ga. 11/U.S. 129 and extending northwest to Ga. 115.

Work began Dec. 29 on the 2.2-mile second phase of the bypass, which will run from Ga. 115 to Ga. 11/U.S. 129 across from Hulsey Road.

The $25 million project includes construction of six bridges, one for each direction of traffic at three locations: Jess Hunt Road, Tesnatee River and Tesnatee Creek.

Like the first phase, the road will be a four-lane divided highway.

The second leg has a completion date of Oct. 10, 2017, with the work done by G.P.’s Enterprises of Auburn.

White County officials and residents have long anticipated the bypass, as traffic gets congested on U.S. 129 heading into downtown Cleveland, especially at rush hour and during the busy leaf-watching season in the fall.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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